WWII veteran from Colorado turns 100

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (WHDH) — A World War II veteran from Colorado turned 100 and celebrated the big birthday with his family and friends.

Victor Nelson was born in 1916 and said he bought his wife’s wedding ring for only $25. He was drafted into the Merchant Marines in World War II and was assigned to the engine room.

A baker and chef, Nelson said he remembers making a birthday cake for his ship’s captain. At his 100th birthday party, he took charge with distributing his own birthday cake.

“It’s been a good 100 years,” said Nelson at his birthday party.

Nelson still has his driver’s license, which expires in 2019, but said he hung up his keys just to be on the safe side. He attributes his long life to staying away from junk food.

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